stripes and a new deck

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Joining Ginny and Nicole.

A few weeks ago quite a few of you recommended some lovely gender neutral baby knits. I added them to my queue but I haven’t chosen one yet. I did rifle through my stash yesterday and pull out some leftover baby yarn. A skein here, three quarters of a skein there. I decided that while I am still planning on knitting a gender neutral sweater, I do want to knit a few small girl items and small boy items; items that won’t take up too much time so that I won’t feel as though I’m wasting my time knitting something that won’t be worn, at least for this baby. I cast on for the Get Knotted Stripey Hat from the third book in the Sublime baby knit collection. The pattern is written so that the hat is knit flat and then sewn up the back but I detest seams so I am knitting it in the round. I am enjoying knitting something so delicate, small and just delightfully feminine. I am a girly girl. I like pink. So sue me. The yarn is Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and it…is…heavenly.¬†

Isn’t the look on Sam’s face priceless? He had just woken up from his nap and discovered the newly installed deck on his playhouse. The playhouse (an old woodshed that Gabe converted into a playhouse this past fall) is located in a shady area underneath some old overgrown apple trees. During the summer they provide much needed shade but during the spring this prevents the ground from drying out and it creates a mossy, soft, muddy mess. The poor kids kept slipping in mud every time they tried to run in and out of the house. A few weeks ago, Gabe was mentioning this to a carpenter that we had hired to fix some things around the house and he looked at Gabe and said “I can throw one together real quick with just the leftover materials you have in the barn…if you want.”

We wanted.

Three weeks later, Sam and Eddie have their deck. We are looking for two small chairs that the kids can sit in while relaxing on their very own porch. We need to reseed around the deck so hopefully one of us gets around to doing that soon. After it warms up, I plan on adding a potted plant or two. I think they’ll love it.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

a spring pom pom

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I made my first pom pom. Everyone kept telling me how easy it is to make a pom pom…and they were right. However, nobody told me what a total pain attaching a pom pom can be! I looked at a few tutorials and it seemed simple enough, but it kept flopping to the side and whenever I tightened my stitch bits of yarn would be pulled out. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but I believe I figured it out. I don’t think you can see the “bald” side of the pom pom on the hat and it seems to be sewn in pretty well. Only time will tell.

I do love the colors in this hat. It matches my Wellington shawl and I can’t wait to wear them together. I couldn’t decide which color to make my pom pom and I was debating using all three colors but Tania from Hedgerow Harvest suggested that I use just the accent colors and I’m really happy with the result.

I can’t believe I just wrote two paragraphs about a single pom pom.

In other news…spring has sprung! I swear, I looked out my window the other day and there they were: blossoms. Everywhere! My forsythia went from dormant to full bloom in what seems like a mere forty eight hours and my ancient thirty foot plus plum tree is covered in tiny white blossoms. I can see them both from my kitchen window and I love looking at them while I cook.

I started my second My Cup of Tea Sock. I need to get this sock over and done with. I am so done with projects that require size 1 needles (at least for now). Plus I am anxious to start a baby knit. Maybe I’ll knit a swatch this weekend.

I can’t believe we are almost one full week into March. Before you know it, the month will be over, April will be here, and I will only have one month left before little Baby Wander arrives. I don’t know how I am going to get everything done.

It’s supposed to rain all weekend. Gabe and I are going to take the kids to the local nursery and hopefully pick out a few trees that we will be planting in our new orchard over the next few weeks. I am so excited.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Farm Clothes

Farm Clothes

Look at that face.

It was a beautifully sunny (albeit cold) day today, and Sam was able to test out his new Carhart overalls. My mother brought them back with her from Spokane, WA. I suppose if we’re going to raise the boy on a farm, he might as well look the part. I think he likes them.

It’s supposed to snow tomorrow. I hope it doesn’t. The sun felt too good. We are ready for Spring.

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